The Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966 should be repealed and replaced by a new regime for the compulsory treatment of severe substance dependence. The objectives of the proposed regime for compulsory treatment of people with severe substance dependence should be:
·· to protect them from harm and restore their capacity to make their own decisions about their future substance use;
·· to stabilise their health through medical treatment (including supported
·· to facilitate a comprehensive assessment of their dependence;
·· to facilitate the planning of ongoing voluntary treatment and aftercare; and
·· to give them an opportunity to engage in voluntary treatment.
Published in 2010 – but as more countries across the world: reframe drugs as a health issue; see dependence as a disease; and endorse compulsory and coercive treatment – I thought this might be useful.
See on www.lawcom.govt.nz